Westminster, CA (December 5, 2022) – On Sunday morning, December 4, a DUI accident was reported in Westminster that resulted in the tragic death of one person and the injury of another.
According to officials, the accident occurred in the morning, around 1 a.m. The accident occurred when a driver in a pickup truck was speeding and allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the driver smashed into the back of a sedan in the 15500 block of Magnolia Street, near the intersection with McFadden Avenue. The impact of the pickup truck was so forceful that it propelled the sedan into the garden wall of a nearby home. The collision severely damaged the involved vehicles.
Emergency personnel quickly arrived at the scene. Firefighters worked to help free people from their vehicles. Paramedics tended to the injured and rendered aid to all parties. The male driver of the sedan sustained very severe injuries and sadly died as a result. They were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Their identity has not been released at this time and is pending notification of their next of kin. The driver of the pickup truck sustained injuries as well and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
The authorities are still investigating the exact circumstances surrounding the crash and the events leading up to the collision. Police believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in this accident and are considering DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges against the driver of the pickup truck based on their initial investigations. He was soon arrested on suspicion of DUI. The area of Magnolia Street and McFadden Avenue was shut down for a time following the crash.
We offer our sincere condolences to the deceased victim’s family.
Our thoughts are also with the other victims injured in this accident. We hope for their full recovery.
Driving while impaired is extremely negligent behavior that ignores the grave risks involved. Drinking alcohol or using other drugs greatly impairs one’s decision-making ability, decreases reaction times, and negatively affects all senses. Drivers who engage in negligent and risky behaviors, such as drinking and driving, drastically increase their chances of causing a serious accident. In California, it is illegal for any person to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher if the person is 21 years old or older or 0.01% if the person is under 21 years old. The law imposes strict penalties for those who break the law.
Losing a loved one is never easy to experience, and this is especially true when they were killed by a drunk driver. If someone you love was killed in an accident caused by someone else’s reckless actions, holding the at-fault person responsible is important. Filing a wrongful death suit against a negligent party can ensure that you get justice for your deceased family member and can help you to cope with their loss.
If you have lost somebody you love in a fatal DUI accident, speak with a legal advocate that you can trust. Contact a Westminster wrongful death attorney by calling (888) 539-3154 to see how we can help you.
Note: This post was created through the use of secondary sources such as state and local news sources, police accident reports, social media platforms, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents that take place in Orange County. The facts surrounding this accident have not been independently verified, therefore, if any information is incorrect, please contact Russell & Lazarus APC, Personal Injury Lawyer, so we can update the post with the most accurate information available. We will remove this post upon request.
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